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Different Types of Cottage Houseplans

Bungalow style homes that developed in India were termed as a single family unit that made its way to America.

In North America or Britain, the residential style bungalow homes have second story with sloping roof that contains dormer windows. These homes are generally detached from the other homes and small in size. So, if you are considering an inexpensive houseplan, this is certainly the right one for you. Bungalow houseplans are popular among the middle class moving from apartments to the private homes. The reason behind popularity of bungalows is the fact these are low profile, inexpensive and modest. Bungalows took up America by storm as many had dreamt of affordable living conditions. These houseplans became the perfect example of “The American Dream”.

Houseplans_130520131716Since these house plans were easily available in mail order catalogs, it did not take long for the bungalows to spread into different parts of the country. Home owners could now easily obtain plans and with little alterations of the local rules and regulations, they could come up with their dream homes. This was a perfect solution for those who did not want to approach the large constructions builders or firms.

Living areas in a bungalow floor plan is situated on the main floor. The customized house plans are extremely suitable for those confined in wheelchairs and cannot move around.

The different types of bungalows that can be found all over the United States are as follows:

•    Raised Bungalows:

A portion of the basement in this houseplan remains above the ground to enable easy flow of light. You can enjoy a higher ceiling in this house plan and have garages situated in the basement like a drive under style garage.

•    Ranch Style Bungalows:

The bedrooms in this houseplan are situated on one side with family room, dining, living and kitchen on the opposite side. These homes come with typically two bedrooms and are small in size.

•    Craftsman Bungalow:

These homes became popular during the Arts and Crafts movement. These homes come with hipped or gabled roof, low pitch rooflines, a covered porch in the front, decorative exterior brackets and overhanging eaves.

•    Chalet Bungalow:

These homes include a second story loft in the house floor plan. The main living areas are kept on the first floor.

•    California Bungalow:

These homes became popular since 1910 and the popularity continued until 1925.

•    Chicago Bungalow:

Chicago bungalow or the traditional bungalows are made of bricks, and has a full basement and 11/2 stories. These homes are generally narrow in width to fit in the smaller lots in a city.

•    Milwaukee Bungalow:

These are quite similar to the Chicago bungalows. However, difference lies in the fact that these homes feature a gable perpendicular and stucco at the bottom of the exterior.

So, as you can see you have plenty of options to choose from, if you plan to live in a bungalow. You can look into the customized home plans online and find the plan that suits you the best.

This article was written by Vesta Elazegui, on behalf of Monster House Plans, offering different house plans to suit all budgets. To know about the basic factors in house planning, you may also visit Wiki.answers.

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Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Real Estate

 

The Craft of Paper Cutting

Arts and crafts are a big part of our life, whether we realize this or not. Without somebody cutting and/or designing something somewhere, we would not have lovely gift cards, pretty lampshades, or scrapbooking ideas. It is just one of those things that exist without us paying much attention to it.

Crafting has been around for a very long time. In the beginning, it was more out of necessity. Later, however, it turned into a fun activity for adults, and then, children. One such craft activity is the art of paper cutting.

Paper cutting is said to have evolved from the Chinese art of making designs out of paper. As soon as they perfected the art of papermaking, they also began creating decorations and seals out of paper. The tradition of Chinese paper cutting is said to be around 1,500 years old.

Thanks to traders and travellers, the art of Chinese paper cutting was brought to different countries, where the influence of the local culture added a different flavour. Today, some of the popular forms of paper cutting include Jewish paper cuts, the Japanese Kirigami and the Indian Sanjhi.

Today, children and adults all over the world practice it. It is something that keeps your mind and hands occupied on a rainy or a wintry day spent indoors. It can be very simple or very intricate, depending on your level of expertise. You can do it alone or with company. And further, it is something that both adults and children can enjoy doing.

Some of the popular forms of paper cuts are:
•    The silhouettes, which are usually the cuts of profiles of your favourite person.
•    The Scherenshnitte (shear-n-shnit-a) – German paper cuts- that are often very intricate and sometimes involve geometric designs.
•    Folding the paper in two or four, and cutting out floral patterns.

You, too, can make paper cuts at home using some simple, readily available craft supplies. You can stick these silhouettes in your scrapbook, or a greeting card or even frame it and hang it on your wall. Here is what you need to make a simple silhouette of yourself:
•    A sheet of paper, coloured or otherwise. You can also use cardstock for a little more stiffness.
•    A photo of your silhouette
•    A pair of scissors
•    A paper cutter
•    A pen, or a pencil

Now that your craft supplies are ready, follow these steps for a simple silhouette:
•    Cut out the shape of your silhouette from the photo. You can draw freehand if you are good at it.

•    Place this silhouette on your choice of paper.

•    You can either draw an outline around the silhouette; remove the photo and then start cutting. Or you can start cutting around the photo right away.

•    If it is your first time cutting paper, do it slowly and carefully.

•    Et voila, your silhouette is ready!

•    If you used white, cream or an off-white paper, you can use a dark brown or black tape or paper to make a border for your silhouette. This will give it a vintage look. You can also frame it paste it on a porcelain plate for an even more authentic look.

•    Besides that, you can provide a brightly coloured base for your silhouette by pasting it on a coloured paper.

If you want a bigger version of this silhouette, print out a zoomed in version of the photo with the silhouette and then cut it out. You can also turn these silhouettes into mobiles, along with other paper cut designs.

This article was written by Lindsay Harary, on behalf of Alacraft.com.au, a leading online crafts supplies store, which caters to all your arts and crafts needs. To learn more about the history of paper cutting, visit Wikipedia.

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Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Shopping

 

Underground House Floor Plans

If you have ever come across an underground house floor plan, you must be amazed to find only the windows and doors visible of this kind of a house submerged under the earth. These are conventional house plans, designed for those who think out of the box in terms of environmental benefits and energy conservation. Living in these earth sheltered houses helps in conserving huge amount of energy and supports environmental living conditions.

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Let us look into the history of underground house floor plans:

Underground home plans originated hundreds of years before. These houses offered excellent protection against various elements and also ensured comfortable stay in all seasons. These houses are designed in such a way, that they can withstand vagaries of nature like tornado and hurricanes as well.

Underground homes gained popularity in the early seventies. This was the time when America was hit by the worst energy crisis. Cooling and heating became highly expensive then. Energy saving feature of the underground house plans increased their popularity during this crisis period.

Houses built then, had natural openings like tunnel to facilitate movements. However, the ways the houses are built today have undergone tremendous changes since then with technological advancement.

Excellent ventilation has eliminated dampness, which has reduced chances of growth of unwanted mushrooms in the dark corners. Moreover, provision for solar lights ensures sunlight into the underground homes beneath the earth.

Underground house floor plans are designed in unique ways that include all the extras and benefits to ensure a comfortable living.

So, if you are considering something different and looking for underground house floor plans, below are stated some of the aspects that you must concentrate on:

•    Your house floor plans must not blur the distinction between outdoors and the indoors. The idea is to enable living in close harmony with nature.

•    To harness solar energy the windows of an underground home must be of honeycomb style.

•    Since all windows in this style of home won’t open, intake vent system with filters must be installed to ensure flow of fresh air from outside. These filters also help to keep unwanted pests out.

•    Air must be circulated from the solar collector via the home duct work into the rock store underneath the living space. This arrangement maintains efficient heat exchange that works with insulating soil to retain comfortable temperature all round the year. No additional cooling or heating system is required in this case.

•    These domed shaped underground homes have minimum wall area and maximum floor space. The living areas have curved walls and there are no sharp corners like in other homes. Use of sky light with natural reflective materials channel sunlight inside the home.

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An Australian architect Eisenhofer started the underground house plans since 1970s. It is often popularly known as “The Hippie experiment”.  The concept of underground house floor plans has become popular among the environmentally conscious. So, if you are thinking of energy efficient alternatives, underground homes are an option you will surely love.

This article was written by Priscila Kalert, on behalf of Monster HousePlans, offering you wide range of house plans to choose from. To know what building plans are, you may also visit Wisegeek.com.

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Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Real Estate

 

The Pros of Hiring an Accountant California Professional for Your Business

No matter whether you have chosen to start your own business, or have already been in business for numerous years, the most obvious goal of your venture is growth and money. There are many challenges to running your own business, but when you become successful, you will feel those accomplishments that are very rewarding. Hopefully, if you have chosen to start your own business it is something that you love to do, but regardless of anything, financials in business can be incredibly time consuming. Hiring an accountant in California is a way to relieve some of your responsibilities that you are a bit unsure about, while still making sure that things are being taken care correctly from start to finish.

One of the best ways to ensure you are turning a profit is to hire an accountant in California. The primary function of an accountant in California is to keep your business finances in order, and to keep you apprised of the financial situation your company is in. You want your business to grow, and a great accountant is going to help you make that happen. As your business grows so will the amount of financial paperwork and records you will need to deal with. Although it may be fun for you to work on these numbers yourself in the beginning while you are able to see firsthand the profits you are bringing in, the entire task will soon become overwhelming and can lead to numerous errors. Handling your finances with the proper attention can even sometimes constitute a full time job.

Hiring an accountant in California is going to ensure that not only every penny that your business has coming in and out is accounted for, but also that there will be minimum errors, if any. An accountant in California is able to cover as much or as little of the financial side of your business as you want them to. They are experienced in dealing with bookkeeping, software installation, and business accounting practices and laws, from basic to complex. To help your business grow, a bank loan or investor will provide the resources for growth. This may result in an annual audit of the businesses’ financial statements. An accountant in California can perform an independent financial statement audit.

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Another benefit to having an accountant in California handle your finances is that they are qualified to complete your tax returns. They have extensive knowledge in the tax laws and are able to ensure that your tax forms are filled out correctly without any errors, helping to keep you from any future troubles with the IRS.

During your search, you will find that the best accountant California has will offer prices that are affordable for business owners. Always take into consideration quality and price. While it is definitely wise to investigate and compare many different accounting firms, you do not necessarily want to choose the cheapest firm you can find. Sometimes you need to consider paying a little more money that is manageable for a more quality service that can provide you with ‘errorless’ accounting services for your business. Don’t end up doing it yourself and finding out later that you had countless errors on your tax return. As you can see, there are several benefits to having an accountant take over your finances, and advise you on financial business matters.

This article was written by Francisco Menist on behalf of RBZ, we are a certified public accounting firm in Los Angeles, and our accounting team understands the industry specific issues that often determine business success. To understand what cash flows are, visit about.com

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Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Accounting